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Tri-County Vanguard - 2021-11-24

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Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl returning in 2022

OBITUARIES UPCOMING RETURN

Lucy the Lobster will be back on her weather-predicting lobster pot perch at the North East Point waterfront on Cape Sable Island for Groundhog Day 2022, marking the start of the month-long Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl. Last year, the South Shore Tourism Co-operative (SSTC), organizers of the event, pressed the festival pause button due to COVID19. This year, they have issued a request for event partners to assist them in hosting a series of signature events for the Lobster Crawl's fourth edition; in addition to inviting businesses and organizations to be a part of the schedule of events. “As in the past, lobster crawlers will once again be invited to sip, savour and stroll the nearly 250-kilometre stretch along the South Shore in communities from Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, to Peggy's Cove and all ports in between,” says Joanne Cooper, president of the SSTC in a media release. Taking place in February, the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl was created to not only help entice locals out of hibernation, but to strengthen the region's year-round tourism appeal. Debunking the myth that businesses and attractions are closed in the winter months, the festival continues to not only demonstrate the region is open, but that there are many exciting and fun experiences to be had, Cooper says. “That's a win-win for Nova Scotians and the tourism industry operators, especially now following the impacts of COVID-19”. While the long-range goal of the festival remains to attract guests from beyond Atlantic Canada, organizers say they're looking locally for 2022. With sights set on staycationing couples and families, organizers expect to see record numbers of Nova Scotians participate in more than 100 festival offerings across six categories that celebrate the region's heritage, culture and showcase winter on the South Shore. SSTC co-ordinator Stephanie Miller Vincent says while they wait for February to arrive, they are busy working with businesses and organizations as they plan and register their events to be a part of the festival. Miller Vincent says their partners are being creative and collaborating with their neighbours. “We have six categories of events including Sip and Savour Culinary Events; Tours and Experiences; Arts, Culture and Live Performances; Overnight Packages and Getaways; Outdoor and Sporting Events; and the very popular Lobster Rolls,” says Miller Vincent suggesting “there really is an opportunity for all businesses who want to leverage Lobster Crawl to help boost their winter appeal and business levels, their only limitation is their imagination.” With deadlines approaching in December, for more information on registering your business or organization for the festival or submitting a proposal in response to their RFP, contact Stephanie Miller Vincent at southshoretourism@gmail.com or visit the festival website at lobstercrawl.ca.

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